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Footnotes is a Portland Monthly podcast hosted by digital editor Gabriel Granillo. Every Friday we break down some of our stories published online at and in print with the Portland Monthly writers, contributors, and editors who crafted them.
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Oregon, as we all know, is full of makers, crafters, and creators. And if you’ve been watching NBC’s Making It, now in its third season, you may have recognized a few familiar faces—or maybe even one very recognizable beard.That’s right—Waldport’s own Gary Herd, also known as the Bearded Woodworker to his some 9,000 subscribers on YouTube, made the cut for season three of the goofily good-hearted crafting competition reality show. Hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman of Parks and Rec, contestants compete in challenges ranging from making an interactive toy that reflects their personalities to transforming a closet into a tiny-yet-meaningful nook for a friend or family member.In this week’s episode of Footnotes, Portland Monthly news editor Julia Silverman sits down with the Bearded Woodworker himself, Gary Herd, to talk about what it was like filming the show during COVID, how Making It offers a kindler, gentler approach to an often cutthroat genre of reality TV, and how Oregon inspires Herd’s craftGuestGary Herd, the Bearded Woodworker
You may be familiar with "The Great Resignation." It’s a term coined by Anthony Klotz at Texas A&M and refers to a mass exodus of US workers leaving their jobs as we emerge from COVID. In April alone, about four million people clocked out for good, and it’s got a lot of people wondering what the heck is going on. Part of that has to do with our redefinition of success post-pandemic. But another piece to this Great Resignation puzzle, however, predates the pandemic: burnout, a prolonged psychological response to chronic work-related stress. In layperson’s terms: you’ve got too much to do, you’re not feeling rewarded, and you’re exhausted because of all of it. But, of course, it’s a little more complicated than that.So for this week’s episode of Footnotes, we wanted to chat with Regan Gurung. He’s a social psychologist and professor at Oregon State University, and we wanted to pick his brain a little bit to help us break down what exactly burnout is, how to recognize it, and how we—as employees and employers—can prevent it and recover from it. Guest Regan Gurung
Last weekend saw a record-breaking heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, with some areas experiencing over 115 degree temperatures. As someone who spent a lot of my adolescence in Arizona, I can tell you that is exactly how it feels in Phoenix, and it sucks, and it’s why I left, really. But one of the saving graces of living in a town like Phoenix is that just about everybody and every building has air conditioning.In Portland and the Pacific Northwest, it’s not quite the same, and so when the historic heat wave hit us this weekend, it hit hard, revealing just how underprepared our region is for such a climate disaster and resulting in at least 60 heat-related deaths in Oregon. So for this week’s Footnotes we wanted to chat with Jola Ajibade. She’s an assistant professor in the geography department at Portland State University, and her research focuses on how individuals, communities, and cities respond to global climate change. In this interview, we talk about the record-breaking heatwave that slammed the Pacific Northwest and the need for adaptation measures and climate action now. "It's hard for me to use the word 'normal.' I really don't want this to be normal, but if this is going to happen a bit more frequently, we need to be prepared," Ajibade says. Guest Jola Ajibade
After a months-long search, Commissioner Carmen Rubio and Portland’s City Arts program has appointed the city’s two new creative laureates—that’s right, two. That’s a first for the city’s creative laureate program, which was created in 2012. Photographer Julie Keefe was our first creative laureate. Now, Leila Haile and Joaquin Lopez will both serve as the city’s official ambassadors to the broader creative community.For the week’s episode of Footnotes, we chat with our two new creative laureates about what they’re hoping to bring to Portland’s creative community and how COVID and the fight for racial justice have changed our view of art in our everyday lives. Leila Haile is a queer activist and tattoo artist at Ori Gallery, focusing on curating spaces for queer and trans communities. Joaquin Lopez is a musician, performing artist, and counselor whose work is grounded in personal transformation, self-expression, and Latino queer identity. We are joined by Subashini Ganesan, a dancer and educator who served as Portland’s creative laureate from 2018 to 2021.GuestsLeila HaileJoaquin LopezSubashini Ganesan
We are about 2 percent, or 60,000 people, away from reaching the state’s 70 percent threshold. That is, when 70 percent of the state’s residents 16 and older have at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has said she will lift most statewide restrictions—including indoor capacity limits, mask mandates, and physical distancing requirements—and reopen the state’s economy. Part of what’s gotten us this close to that 70 percent figure: Oregon’s mass vaccination sites at the Oregon Convention Center, the drive-thru sites at the Portland International Airport, and the Hillsboro Stadium. But with all three sites closing this month, what does that mean for the future of vaccinations in Oregon? What are the next steps? This week on Footnotes, the closure of Oregon’s mass vaccination sites, the continued health equity and access issues facing our state, and the role community health clinics will play moving forward toward a post-pandemic future.GuestsMax Janasik, CEO of One Community HealthLorena Mosqueda, health and wellness director at Latino NetworkMara Gross, interim executive director at the Coalition of Community Health Clinics
For this week’s Footnotes, we're revisiting an episode from last year with Courtney Campbell, a professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. We talk about Albert Camus's The Plague, the lessons we’ve learned from this pandemic, and how philosophy will continue to play a role in our everyday lives. Guest Courtney Campbell
June is Pride month, which in non-coronavirus times means a festival, a parade, and a month-long celebration. And after 2020’s festivities were scaled way back, Portland’s Pride Festival—organized by Pride NW—will cautiously return in 2021. But how has the past year affected Portland’s LGBTQ+ community, and what does the future hold? In this week’s episode of Footnotes, Portland Monthly arts editor Conner Reed talks about how the coronavirus shaped this year’s festivities, the Pride package in our Summer 2021 issue of the magazine, and what a return to the Pride Festival means for Portland. Guest Conner ReedLinksHow to Celebrate Pride 2021 in PortlandPride NW
Last year the Oregon Water Futures project, in partnership with Unite Oregon, the Chinook Indian Nation and other organizations, conducted a series of water-focused conversations with Native, Black, Latinx, and migrant communities around the state to learn about their cultural connections to water and their concerns when it comes to water education, access, and advocacy. And earlier this week the project released a report of their findings from those conversations to Oregon policy and decision-makers.  So for this week’s episode of Footnotes, we wanted to talk with Alai Reyes-Santos. She’s the lead author of the Oregon Water Futures Project Report. She’s also a professor at the University of Oregon in its Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies department. In this interview, we talk about the Oregon Water Futures Project Report, how COVID and the wildfires of 2020 shaped the report and its finds, and the steps we can take now to help bring underrepresented communities into our conversations about water. GuestAlaí Reyes-SantosLinksOregon Water Futures Project Report
In this episode of Footnotes, published on April 30, I talked with Dawn Nolt, a professor of pediatrics, with a special focus on infectious diseases, at Oregon Health & Science University, about the potential side effects from first and second doses of the coronavirus vaccine. We talked about why people may or may not experience these side effects, and why, if you do experience them, it’s actually good thing.  GuestDawn Nolt, professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University
This week has been full of ups and downs for us here at the magazine. On Wednesday, Portland Monthly took home four City and Regional Magazine Awards. But it’s also been a very stressful close week, and we’re currently putting our upcoming summer issue to bed. And on top of all of that has been the lingering knowledge that by the end of the week, we’d have to say goodbye to Portland Monthly’s own senior editor Eden Dawn.Eden has been with the magazine since 2010 as our veteran style editor. She’s produced thousands of articles, pulled together elaborate (and award-winning) fashion shoots, and championed the small businesses, creators, and makers that have helped put Portland on the map.Unofficially, Eden has also served as what we call the Shenanigans Editor—the person on the editorial staff we could always count on to dole out spontaneous fun exactly when it was needed. No staff happy hour, party, or karaoke night was complete without her. And while those things never showed up in the pages of the magazine or on the website, they were and are a deeply important part of our magazine’s culture.This week on Footnotes, we wanted to chat with Eden Dawn about her time and accomplishments here at Portland Monthly. And who better to chat it up with her than our own editor in chief Marty Patail, who started working for Portland Monthly about a week after Eden.Guests Eden Dawn, Portland Monthly senior editorMarty Patail, Portland Monthly editor in chief
On Wednesday, I received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.It’s a day that I've been anticipating and dreading. Anticipating because of the sense of relief I’d feel afterward, the sense that I'd be one step closer to returning to normal. Dreading because of the possible side effects people have reported experiencing, the side effects that I am currently feeling. Fever, chills, headaches, body aches, fatigue. You name it. I either felt it last night or am feeling it right now. And it sucks. It really does. And with vaccine eligibility open to folks 16 and older, I know a lot of other people will be getting the first or even their second vaccine dose soon, and that many of those people might be anxious about the imminent potential side effects.  So for this week on Footnotes, we spoke with Dawn Nolt. She’s a professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University, with a special focus on infectious diseases. I spoke with her yesterday—just after my second dose appointment—about the importance of taking both COVID vaccine doses, second dose possible side effects, and why feeling these side effects is actually a good thing.  Guest Dawn Nolt, professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University
On Monday, everyone 16 and older became eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment, which is good news for folks who do not like living through a pandemic. But the bad news is, the pandemic is far from over. Recent data suggests that case numbers are increasing in 89 countries, including in the United States, where we’re currently seeing twice as many cases as in the past month.In Oregon, even though nearly one million Oregonians, or 23 percent, are fully vaccinated, we’re seeing similar data.“As of today OHA has reported 173,626 COVID-19 cases in Oregon," says state epidemiologist Dean Sidelinger. “But recent data are troubling, showing that the virus is again on the march throughout our state, sickening our friends and neighbors. Daily cases, hospitalizations, our positive case rate, and, sadly, COVID-19 deaths are all on the upswing. Daily cases of COVID-19 have more than doubled in just over a month, increasing from a seven-day moving average of 249 on March 6, to a daily average of 595 cases.” So today on Footnotes, we wanted to talk a little bit about recent coronavirus news and how it affects Oregon. From the Johnson & Johnson pause, to vaccine hesitancy, to herd immunity, this is the state of the coronavirus in Oregon.   GuestsDean Sidelinger, Oregon state epidemiologist Patrick Allen, director at Oregon Health Authority Chunhuei Chi, professor of international health at Oregon State UniversityLinksHow to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon What Is Herd Immunity?
Portland knows Tra’Renee Chambers’s voice. It’s the afternoon drive time voice that spins hip hop hits on Jam’n 107.5 and, before that, KinkFM and Z100. We also know it from Afternoon Live, the lifestyle television show she hosted for years on KATU, covering everything from films to fashion to parenting topics. For some kids, it was the voice of their social worker. At Self Enhancement Inc people know her voice as their licensed therapist, friend, and even, at one point, the interim director of SEI’s community and family services. Now, the mom of three is embarking on a new—kind of old—chapter: a revival of her former public affairs radio show, Situations & Conversations with Tra’Renee, this time as a video and audio podcast and social media talk show, bringing together people from all aspects of her life and career to date. The show was recently picked up by KATU for its first season consisting of 12 episodes. So for this week’s episode of Footnotes, Portland Monthly senior editor Eden Dawn spoke with Tra’Renee Chambers about reviving Situations & Conversations, and the importance of using her platform to elevate underrepresented voices. GuestTra'Renee ChambersLinks Tra'Renee Chambers on Her New Podcast and Her PurposeSituations & Conversations
When news hit that the beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary had passed on March 25, it seemed inevitable—she was 104, after all—and yet it was still deeply devastating, especially to the children and adults alike who had grown up with and had been shaped by her works. Her characters like Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and more, give children people with whom they can identify, even though their stories preserve an extinct midcentury America. Throughout her 20-year journalism career in Oregon, Portland Monthly news editor Julia Silverman had long dreamed of one day interviewing Beverly Cleary. And, sadly, while she can’t quite do that now, she did the next best thing, which is to call up a local author, also profoundly inspired by Cleary’s works, to talk about the late writer’s vast and enduring legacy. In this episode of Footnotes, Julia Silverman talks with Portland-based author Lydia Kiesling about how Beverly Cleary wrote about motherhood, parenting, and Portland.  Guest Lydia KieslingLinksWhat Ramona Quimby Taught Me about Taking Up SpaceOregonians Remember Beverly ClearyWhy Beverly Cleary Is Portland's Undisputed, Unofficial Novelist Laureate 
It’s been a year and some change since the first reported COVID-19 case in the United States. Since then we’ve learned a lot about the virus, and while vaccination rates and loosening restrictions suggest that the worst of coronavirus may soon be behind us, there’s still much about it that we don’t understand. Recent upticks in concerning variants like the B.1.1.7 are being studied, and we still don’t quite understand when or if we’ll reach herd immunity.  And there’s another big gap in our knowledge: the long-term physiological health effects of COVID-19. Recently, Oregon Health and Science University launched its Long COVID-19 Program, aimed at studying and providing comprehensive care for patients who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms for more than a month. For this week’s episode of Footnotes, we talked to Eric Herman, the program’s lead physician, about the types of symptoms folks are experiencing and what this new program hopes to learn from studying these so-called “long haulers.”GuestEric Herman, lead physician at OHSU's Long COVID-19 ProgramLinksCOVID Variants in OregonOHSU Long COVID-19 Program
Last quarter at Oregon Health and Science University, graduate student Gail Stonebarger taught a section of an undergraduate class focused on the neuroscience of oppression and privilege. For this week on Footnotes, we wanted to talk with Gail about that class, as well as a larger issue of representation in science, research, and STEM-related fields. We touch on the hierarchal structure of research, the lack of mental health support for underrepresented communities within STEM fields, and what we can do to change that. GuestGail Stonebarger, PhD candidate in the Behavioral Neuroscience department at OHSULinksNogginFest
In the last few weeks we’ve seen bouts of good news regarding the coronavirus, signs that give us hope for the upcoming spring and summer. Earlier in March, President Biden announced that he would direct all states, tribes, and territories to make every adult eligible to be vaccinated no later than May 1. It took some time, but on Wednesday, March 17, Oregon Health Authority announced it would be able to meet the president’s timeline. Further, new guidance from OHA has expanded the capacity for indoor and outdoor activities in the state.But even as COVID vaccinations go up and caseloads go down, festivals and other large-crowd events have been playing it safe, and are either changing their formats drastically or not happening at all. Most recently, the Portland Rose Festival, for the second summer in a row, announced it would not host its Grand Floral Parade or City Fair. Typically a huge deal and the historic summer kickoff in Portland, the Rose Festival will again operate on a smaller scale, with virtual and limited in-person events. The announcement has got us thinking about what the future might look like for large-crowd events. For this week’s episode of Footnotes, Portland Monthly news editor Julia Silverman spoke with Portland Rose Festival Foundation CEO Jeff Curtis about its decision to forgo its traditional festival and how the coronavirus is shaping other large-crowd events in Oregon.
As the nation continues to see promising news about coronavirus vaccinations and declining case rates—dare we say—there is much reason for cautious optimism. And yet, while we transition slowly back to some semblance of normalcy, schools are very much still in question. In order for schools in Oregon to return to normal, not only do more people need to be vaccinated and case numbers need to stay low, but, also, rules on how many kids are allowed to return at once and how much personal space they all get will need to be changed.This week on Footnotes, news editor Julia Silverman channels her fellow public school parents across the region and asks Oregon Department of Education director Colt Gill everything they want to know about when schools might be able to go back to normal—hopefully by this fall. Pretty please?GuestColt Gill, director at the Oregon Department of Education 
A conversation with Spacetime Diaries creator Ghan Patel. Plus, we highlight local podcasts you need to listen to right now. GuestGhan PatelPodcast LinksGender RevealA Kids Podcast AboutSpacetime DiariesPROTOCOLCancer for BreakfastFlagrant Pod
The Oregon Health Authority announced the first presumptive case of coronavirus in the state on February 28, 2020. Since then, businesses have been shattered, mutual aid groups and volunteers have stepped up, a racial reckoning simmered to a boil, and hundreds of thousands of Americans have perished. 2020 has revealed the cracks in our healthcare system, brought out the kindness in us for those in need, and has individually and collectively shaped us into a different community. Today on Footnotes, Portland Monthly’s Marty Patail, Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, and Kathrine Chew Hamilton look back on one year of the coronavirus—how we’re coping, overcoming, and changing.Guests Marty Patail, editor in chiefFiona McCann, deputy editor Margaret Seiler, managing editorKatherine Chew Hamilton, food editor
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